I have arrived in France. Everything has been typical French since my arrival. I don’t understand what the people are saying, things are expensive, I have gotten more paperwork in these couple of days than in the past year and I see people walking around with baguettes in their hands. Those baguettes they are carrying are not packaged. No no, they hold it with a napkin. Apparently that’s normal. I’ll try to make photo’s next time, it was already dark out when I saw those people. :p
Today I had to go to the bank and afterwards we walked past La Grande Epicerie De Paris. I think this is the nicest supermarket I have ever been to! I had a baguette Parissien(I think) which consisted of a light brown baguette, butter, ham, cheese and a pickle. The photo above was my lunch.
Anyway, school is starting real soon. Lot’s of things are going to change and I’m excited. My pastry life will begin!
I have some resolutions for the coming year or so. This is for you guys to read, but also for myself to track what I did and when.
For the blog:
- Photograph everything I create at Ferrandi
- Blog about it at least weekly
- Make a food (at least pastry) diary of what I ate
- Eat all the pastry I want but without getting fat, so working out (and staying healthy) is a must
- Get to know Paris very well
- Speak French at least at a basic level
- Go to Disneyland
- Have lots of fun
- Learn drinking wine
The 17th and 18th of December I went to Paris with my mom to arrange my stay in Paris. We went with the high speed train Thalys early in the morning. We visited Pierre Hermé’s shop at Rue Bonaparte and bought a kouign amann, croissant ispahan, bostock and a cannelé. We walked a little bit further and ate all the goodies at Place Saint-Sulpice.
Two weeks ago I received very exciting news: I got accepted to the intensive program of pastry of Ferrandi in Paris!
You probably haven’t heard of Ferrandi, but this is one of the best (or maybe the best) culinary schools. Read this article called “A l’école Ferrandi, le Harvard de la gastronomie” – At the school Ferrandi, the Harvard of gastronomy.
Last year I wrote here about wanting to be pro and get a Le Cordon Blue patisserie diploma. It was more so of a wish than a goal as I was studying IDE and planning to continue to graduate (with a Masters degree).
A couple of months ago I started to gain interest for this book of Christophe Adam called Eclairs!, it was only available in French (my French is still very poor) and I would have to order it from abroad with high shipping costs. So I procrastinated and never ordered.
To my surprise I saw the book is now available in Dutch! (yep, my main language) I went to the store and bought it immediately. These are the first eclairs I have made from this book and I’m sure many more will follow. ^^
These are mini eclairs, they are 6cm long, filled with coffee pastry cream, glazed with coffee glaze and decorated with a chocolate coffee bean.
Currently I’m busy with work and saving money so I can attend a pastry course in Paris. It is very expensive so for those who would like to help me, I made you a button. You can find it in the sidebar! I’m not really expecting anyone to help me, but it doesn’t hurt to ask right?
Thanks for reading my blog and I will try to post more -can’t guarantee it will actually happen-
[21.10.13] So as you might have noticed… I have changed the look of Hungry at Midnight. It needed a change. I also updated the about me page, read if you are interested. :p
It’s been a while. A lot has happened since my last post in May. From May to July I had to focus on my last period of university. Oh well at least I graduated from the Delft University of Technology for my Bachelor of Science Industrial Design Engineering! Hurrayy Read more…
So I’m kind of failing at blogging now. I used to post once a week, now it’s more like once a month… *sigh* I’m not stopping with blogging though, and definitely not with baking! If you follow me on Instagram you can see my yummy creations.
I don’t regularly eat and make cupcakes as I don’t like buttercream frostings. But for this occasion I made cupcakes! My way. This is a super chocolat-y chocolate cupcake with pieces of chocolate inside, chocolate ganache and chocolate easter eggs on top. Yes, I like chocolate.
I love bagels, but I
don’t didn’t eat them often (until now, as this recipe is so simple). The last time I ate a real, fresh baked bagel must be over 5 years ago in Canada. I probably ate some from the the American/Canadian supermarkets after that really good one, but they were obviously not as nice as the fresh baked one. Here in The Netherlands there is one chain who is “specialized” in bagels, but I’m a student and I’m not willing to pay €7 ($10) for a similar bagel as shown above. I can buy all the ingredients I need with €7 and make a lot of bagels with cream cheese and smoked salmon. So I did. We also hit the third recession so I advise you to make some bagels yourself too.